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August 2014


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Inspire kids to create our future: Apply for a 2015 RISE Award

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education or encouragement they need to become creators, not just consumers. Google knows that pre-university exposure to Computer


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Inspire kids to create our future: Apply for a 2015 RISE Award

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education or encouragement they need to become creators, not just consumers. Google knows that pre-university exposure to Computer


From Computer Science Teachers Association

Inspire kids to create our future: Apply for a 2015 RISE Award

Technology has the power to change the world for the better, but today far too few have access to the education or encouragement they need to become creators, not just consumers. Google knows that pre-university exposure to Computer


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

U.S. Department of Justice Invites Public Comments on Movie Captioning and Audio Descriptions

The U.S. Department of Justice is accepting comments on proposed changes to its regulations for captioning and audio descriptions in movie theaters under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III covers


From Schneier on Security

Squid Skin Inspires Eye-Like Photodetector

Squid Skin Inspires Eye-Like Photodetector

Squid are color-blind, but may detect color directly through their skin. A researcher is working on a system to detect colored light the way squid do....


From Schneier on Security

Cell Phone Kill Switches Mandatory in California

Cell Phone Kill Switches Mandatory in California

California passed a kill-switch law, meaning that all cell phones sold in California must have the capability to be remotely turned off. It was sold as an antitheft measure. If the phone company could remotely render a cell phone


From The Eponymous Pickle

CPG Needs a Digital Game Plan

CPG Needs a Digital Game Plan

From the Boston Consulting Group.   Obvious perhaps, but also a number of interesting statements and statistics.  Every company that plans to be around in the coming decade needs a digital plan." .. Consumer packaged goods (CPG)


From The Eponymous Pickle

Business Innovation Factory

Business Innovation Factory

Brought to my attention.   Strong emphasis on storytelling.   " ... THE BIF MANIFESTO:  We believe that business model innovation is on the critical path to transforming our important social systems including education, health


From The Eponymous Pickle

Nature of Anonymous Reviews

Nature of Anonymous Reviews

In RetailWire:  Short piece on the topic with statistics.  Have been asked to look at this from a Big data, near real time perspective.


From The Eponymous Pickle

BidSquare Auctions

BidSquare Auctions

I have worked with an auction company in establishing their offering taxonomies.  Also have worked with the technical process of auctions.  I see that Cowan's auctions has now allied with several other companies to form a new


From U.S. Public Policy Committee of the ACM

White House Invites Public Comments on Strategy for American Innovation

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council invite public input on the 2015 update of the Strategy for American Innovation, which was last updated in 2011. Comments are due by September


From The Female Perspective of Computer Science

This Year's Design for 'Computers for Arts and Social Science Students'

This Year's Design for 'Computers for Arts and Social Science Students'

I've been working on our non-majors computing course for a while now.  Last year was the first time I got to try it with a large group (440 students!), and also the first time I tried using Python.  I have since refined it to


From Schneier on Security

ISIS Threatens US with Terrorism

ISIS Threatens US with Terrorism

They're openly mocking our profiling. But in several telephone conversations with a Reuters reporter over the past few months, Islamic State fighters had indicated that their leader, Iraqi Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, had several surprises


From The Eponymous Pickle

Statistician's View of Big Data

Statistician's View of Big Data

Colleague Diego Kuonen just gave an update of his excellent talk:  A Statistician's View on Big Data and Data Science. Good place to start."  ... There is no question that big data have hit the business, government and scientific


From The Eponymous Pickle

Digital Strategy

Digital Strategy

McKinsey on digital Strategy.   Podcast and text. " ... Incumbent companies face critical decisions when it comes to addressing digitization. In this video interview, McKinsey director Paul Willmott argues the first decision


From The Eponymous Pickle

Contract Guardian: Signed & Verified Contract Compliance

Contract Guardian: Signed & Verified Contract Compliance

Have been involved for some time in using technology for compliance systems.  I have mentioned the local company Contract Guardian here for some time.  They develop systems that manage the complexity of contracts, and delivered


From My Biased Coin

Shout-out to Sabeti Lab

Shout-out to Sabeti Lab

A shout-out today to my friend and colleague Pardis Sabeti (and her lab) for their Science article on the Ebola virus that appeared earlier today.  Pardis and her group have been studying the genetics of viral diseases, and in


From Computational Complexity

Sixteen Years in the Making

Every paper has a story but Sunny Daniel's Arxiv paper from yesterday deserves a blog post. We begin in 1982 when Ravi Kannan proved that Σ2 (the problems computable in NP with an NP oracle) cannot have n2 size circuits. Kannan's


From The Computing Community Consortium Blog

Air Force Fiscal Year 2015 Young Investigator Research Program

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR)’s Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years (on or after 1 May 2009) and…


From The Eponymous Pickle

Why Academics use Social Media

Why Academics use Social Media

A lengthy Nature report with many statistics.   Some surprising. I would further like to see why people outside, or just slightly outside a particular academic or technical field, use Social Media.  I frequently find myself in


From The Eponymous Pickle

Resilience and Data in the Supply Chain

Resilience and Data in the Supply Chain

In EBN: The need for what they call data maturity.  Well, yes, absolutely, all the data and metadata needs to be 'mature'.  But defining that can be a problem.  Especially an issue for informally managed metadata. Good examination


From The Eponymous Pickle

Complex Regulatory Environments

Complex Regulatory Environments

Have been examining Splunk (SPL) as it has been applied to a number of dynamic data problems. Impressed by it capabilities.  Both for its search engine-like examination of data, and for creating processes for data mining.  


From The Eponymous Pickle

Watson Discovery Advisor

Watson Discovery Advisor

Continued interest in how IBM Watson will be applied to real business problems.  There will be a demonstration today in NYC that we are following.   Quite an interesting claim to be able  find interesting patterns without direct


From Schneier on Security

Hacking Traffic Lights

Hacking Traffic Lights

New paper: "Green Lights Forever: Analyzing the Security of Traffic Infrastructure," Branden Ghena, William Beyer, Allen Hillaker, Jonathan Pevarnek, and J. Alex Halderman. Abstract: The safety critical nature of traffic infrastructure


From Putting People First

How EU leaders can listen to the views of their citizens expressed on Twitter

How EU leaders can listen to the views of their citizens expressed on Twitter

Vox Digitas By Jamie Bartlett, Carl Miller, David Weir, Jeremy Reffin, Simon Wibberley Report, 24 August 2014 ISBN 978-1-909037-63-2 Free download Over the last decade European citizens have gained a digital voice. Close to 350


From Daniel Lemire's Blog

Though unrefereed, arXiv has a better h-index than most journals…

Though unrefereed, arXiv has a better h-index than most journals…

Google provides a ranking of research venue per domain. For databases and information systems, they provide the top 20 venues according to their h-index. As part of their assessment, they chose to include arXiv: a repository


From My Biased Coin

Update on SOCG and ACM

Update on SOCG and ACM

I am happy to have an update on the SOCG/STOC colocation issue that arose last week.  Or, better said, Jeff Erickson has an update, the short summary of which is that it looks like there has now been some very useful clarification


From The Eponymous Pickle

Ad Targeting Based on Signal Strength

Ad Targeting Based on Signal Strength

In Adage:  Had not heard of this.  A device-based hidden context detection in mobile. " .... Facebook Targets Ads Based on Cell Signal Strength ... Social Network Ramping Up Ad Efforts in Emerging Markets ... ".  What other device


From The Eponymous Pickle

Kraft Product Breakthrough Innovation

Kraft Product Breakthrough  Innovation

In K@W:  Insightful thoughts about how innovation is important and essential in CPG.   What drives it when you have lots of well known current brands?   How should you invest? What is the meaning of a product category in this


From The Eponymous Pickle

Transparent Solar Power

Transparent Solar Power

In IEEE Spectrum:  Transparent tiles that can capture solar power?  Work underway at Michigan State.

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